Student Stories

Russell Reyes ‘15
Medical Assisting
Lead Medical Assistant for the Department of Infectious Disease at Drexel University

Esperanza College added a Medical Assisting program in the fall of 2013. I started off in that first cohort of students, marking a new beginning for me. Our program director at that time, Jessica Way, RN, BSN, was dedicated to impacting the lives of young adults. She taught us all we needed to know to be excellent health care professionals and as one of her students, I am proud to be where I am today. 

Ms. Way introduced us to HOSA, an international student organization that provides a unique leadership development, motivation, and recognition for college students. This organization focuses on health related topics, testing students in different areas.  Becoming part of HOSA was such a warming experience. I was able to meet many students from different parts of Pennsylvania. Becoming a part of HOSA provided me the opportunity to serve in a leadership role serving as the Esperanza College HOSA Chapter President.

My cohort put together a Diabetes Health Fair for the college and the community, which was a great success with a total of 70-80 participants. I volunteered with three other students to organize a presentation to take to the Regional Competition and we won first place! For our accomplishments, we traveled to Nationals in Florida and brought home another gold medal! 

After graduating from Esperanza College with good grades and hard work, I applied for a job with Drexel Department of Medicine and received a phone call two days later asking me to come in for an interview. They were very impressed by my leadership role, education background in the field that I was applying to, grades, skills, certification, etc. Without an extensive background in the medical field, they hired me full time. Now I serve as the Lead Medical Assistant for the Department of Infectious Disease at Drexel University. I wouldn’t change my experience at Esperanza College for anything else. 


Aisha McLaughlin '16
Medical Assisting


Tiffany LittleTiffany Little ‘16
Medical Assisting

What brought me to Esperanza College was the loving atmosphere, the one-on-one capability with the professors, and their strong hand in the community. Being a young mother, I needed the flexibility that Esperanza offered. During my two years at Esperanza, I was offered many opportunities to network and grow in the field of my career choice, Medical Assisting. I had the opportunity to complete my externship at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, where I was offered a full-time position just three weeks after graduating and receiving my certification. Esperanza College has opened many doors for me.


Jailene MercadoJailene Mercado ‘16
Medical Assisting

My experience at Esperanza was phenomenal. I met some amazing professors, as well as classmates. I chose Esperanza because of the atmosphere I got as soon as I walked into the campus on my visit day. The vibe I got was positive, inviting, clean, and small. I loved the class sizes and that if I ever needed help I could always reach out to a professor through email or text and receive help as soon as possible. Esperanza has geared me to continue on my journey to become an RN and potentially an OBGYN. I love this campus so much I hope to take up a few more classes to help further my education here at Esperanza.